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James Monaghan / Mollaghan

Rank: Private
Townland: Asnagh
Town/Village: Coolarty, Edgeworthstown
Civil Parish: Mostrim
Catholic Parish: Mostrim
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Possible
Census 1911: Living with his family
Regiment/Unit: Leinster Regiment, 7th Battalion
Regiment Number: 5145
Date of Death: 03-09-1916
Cause: Killed in action, Guillemont (Somme), France
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France

James was born 1 May 1887* in Bracklon near Edgeworthstown. Monaghan was a member of the Granard branch of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Pte Monaghan enlisted in Longford, but was killed in action at the Battle of Guillemont, where a number of other Longford soldiers from the Granard area were killed. (see link below). His mother, Mary, was listed as his next-of-kin, but he did bequeath £3 to his friend Miss Annie Seery of Moate, Co. Westmeath. James Monaghan's brother, Thomas of the R.A.S.C, also served in the Great War with the Connaught Rangers (10812)

Parents Names: Son of Michael Monaghan (Monahan) and Mary (née Kiernan), Asanagh, Coolarty, Edgeworthstown, Longford
Notes: *Other sources give his year of birth as c.1891. Some sources, including the 1911 Census have the surname as Mollaghan. One source had him as the son of Thomas and Rose Monaghan of Edgeworthstown, however, the Census, Register of Soldiers Effects and his own will state that his mother was called Mary.

Link to CWGC entryLink to his will / Longford Leader, 30 Sept 1916; link to Civil Record of birth

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